What did I just read? Honestly, I picked this short retelling of Cinderella up solely based upon how lovely the cover looked. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but my goodness, this time it really worked out to my favor. My daughter and I had just watched the new Cinderella movie on Amazon Prime, and I was intrigued to discover yet another rendition, and couldn’t dismiss the urge to indulge in another fantasy.
I am very impressed by how well A.L. Morrow captivates their readers by drawing them in with similarities to the original story, and then expanding it into a whole new world and version of this folk tale. I loved how inclusive this was, no matter how unexpected. I especially enjoyed how Ashling turns out to be that strong, independent and courageous woman we have all come to know and love. I am very intrigued and excited to read the next installment in the Stone and Cinder series, as this short retelling leaves us wanting more, and more, and, well, babies are cute! Will certainly be not so patiently waiting for Ensnared: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling, especially given that Beauty and the Beast has been my all-time favorite forever! Well done, A.L. Morrow, the excitement is real.